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Pictures at an Exhibition: the print series

Pictures at an Exhibition. . . the title says it all. . . and disregarding that, even the most casual exposure to the music of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition can evoke an assortment of moods and images. For years I assumed that somewhere there existed the definitive collection of artwork that was Moussorgsky's inspiration. In reality, only six pieces of Victor Hartmann's work, consisting of architectural drawing and costume design and sketches and watercolors from his travels, can be positively identified. I found the subject matter intriguing, and just a bit odd. This series began as a way for me to visualize and interpret Moussorgsky's music through Hartmann's subject matter, but became an homage to the story itself: the musician and the artist and the artwork that lives on only in the music it inspired.

Joan Colbert, 2006


above: Listening to Moussorgsky, block print/collage, 12" x 30"
. . . inspired by the music of Modest Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

In addition to Listening to Moussorgsky, the series consists of sixteen smaller prints, fifteen of which represent individual passages in the music. Click on thumbnails to view.

This work was included in Prints at an Exhibition in January, 2006, at Summit Artspace in Akron, Ohio. Dorothy Shinn, in the Akron Beacon Journal review, Stellar printmakers put stamp on exhibit, wrote, "Colbert's images are visually powerful and engaging. She capitalizes on her ability to create an intricate web of positive and negative spaces, lyrical linearities and delightful reinterpretations of the given motifs."


pictures at an exhibition
promenade onion domes
promenade trees
promenade prommers
promenade of crows
ballet of the unhatched chicks
samuel goldenberg and schmuyle
limoges market
lingua mortua
hut on fowl's legs
hartmann's gate of kiev
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